Tiffany & Co. celebrity ambassador Reese Witherspoon took five to chat with WWD at the brand’s Thursday night party to celebrate its newly renovated Rodeo Drive flagship. In addition to earning her keep for the brand, she dished on her upcoming memoir, her new films and her no-sweatpants rule.
WWD: What brings you here tonight?
Reese Witherspoon: I started working with the brand because they hired female creative design director [Francesca Amfitheatrof]. She knows what women love — gorgeous jewelry, statement jewelry, but also everyday jewelry. I wear the new T collection every day.
WWD: When you’re designing for Draper James, who do you look to for inspiration?
R.W.: There are so many great designers. I love Carolina Herrera, Giambattista Valli, Oscar de la Renta — I knew him and he was wonderful. He created gorgeous clothes that made women feel beautiful.
WWD: Which of your upcoming projects are you most excited about?
R.W.: I’m doing a movie right now [called “Home Again”] with Nancy Meyers and her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Hallie wrote it and is directing it. Then, after that I’m doing a movie with Ava DuVernay — which is a big Disney movie called “Wrinkle in Time” with Oprah and Mindy Kaling. I’m just so excited to make both those movies, but also to be working with two female directors in a row which has never happened to me ever. I’m really enjoying this moment of female power in Hollywood. It’s a really great time to be a woman in Hollywood.
WWD: We just heard you have a memoir scheduled for release in 2018. What can you tell us about that?
R.W.: I’m writing a book about southern living and what it’s like to be a southern woman living all over the world. I’m going to reminisce about my past and growing up. I’m excited to share that with people.
WWD: As someone who is always on the go, what do you wear while traveling?
R.W.: I always remember my grandmother telling me, “Don’t wear sweatpants to the airport. You never know, somebody could take your picture.” I just try to remember my grandma.